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(703) 729-1224

Get to know us!

A message from our Preschool Director,

Brenda Shapbell

Welcome to our website! I hope you find this information helpful and informative. 


Celebration Preschool provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual development. We encourage children to be active, creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas. 


At Celebration Preschool our preschoolers become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners. We believe that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. 


To schedule a tour or for more information, please feel free to contact us at (703) -729-1224 or use the contact button below.

Brenda Shapbell, Preschool Director & Lead Teacher - Caterpillar Classroom

Brenda has been an early childhood educator since 1990, first as a teacher and then as a director. She has been the Preschool Director at Celebration Preschool since 2005. She earned a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education - Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. Brenda is the proud mother of three grown children and “Gigi” to four fantastic grandsons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafting, shopping, and walking. Brenda loves teaching young children, and believes a child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development.  Besides acquiring basic skills, preschoolers need to learn how to socialize, share, and form relationships.  An early childhood education helps children gain the necessary skills to prosper in school and beyond. Brenda also loves teaching the children about how much Jesus loves them and how uniquely and wonderfully they are made.  

Meet our teachers

Leah Tecson

Assistant Teacher

Caterpillar Classroom

Leah is a former Celebration Preschool parent. Her son Vincent was in the Firefly class last year, and her daughter Melaina is a former Starfish student. Leah has over 20 years of experience working with children in a classroom and gym environment. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Science of Nutrition, Food & Exercise with a concentration in Exercise & Health Promotion from Virginia Tech. In her spare time Leah enjoys baking, reading and crafting with her Cricut.  Leah loves teaching young children as their personalities begin to bloom. She finds it amazing watching a child be so proud when they learn something new.

Amy Bollar

Lead Teacher

Bumblebee Classroom

Amy is a wife and mom of three great kids.  She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Allegheny College and her Masters of Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Amy taught high school English in both PA and Loudoun County before switching things up to teach preschool.  This will be her fourth year teaching at Celebration.  Amy loves working with young children and wants them to love school, one another, and Jesus!  She is looking forward to a fantastic year in the Bumblebee Classroom.

 

Rita Hoop

Assistant Teacher

Bumblebee Classroom

Rita has been affiliated with Celebration Preschool since 2003, serving as an assistant teacher some years and as a regular substitute teacher in other years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University and a Master's degree in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University. Rita has a daughter and a son who attended Loudoun Country Public Schools and grew up in Ashburn Presbyterian Church (APC). She and husband Paul are looking forward to celebrating their daughter's wedding this fall! Rita enjoys spending time reading, walking, babysitting, and volunteering at APC. She first fell in love with teaching children as a Sunday school teacher when her own kids were little. There is no higher calling than to share God's love with children and help them develop lifelong values and social skills which honor Him.

Lauren Slimon

Lead Teacher

Butterfly Classroom

Lauren has been teaching preschool for over 30 years since graduating from Juniata College in central PA with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with preschool age children in England, Eastern PA and Mid OH.  This will be her second year of teaching at Celebration Preschool. Lauren has 2 adult children – a daughter who lives in Seattle, WA, and a son in Columbus, OH. She lives in Herndon with her British husband. In her spare time, Lauren likes to garden, read, travel, and spend time with family and friends. She loves teaching preschoolers because they are so eager to learn and it sets the stage for the love of learning for the rest of their school career!

Lauren Golebiowski

Assistant Teacher

Butterfly Classroom

Lauren is a former Celebration Preschool parent who is excited to be back in the classroom! She has a bachelor’s degree in Music from Holy Names University. She has two daughters - a second grader and a kindergartener. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, singing and photography. Lauren enjoys teaching because it allows her to see the passion and wonder children experience at school.  She loves seeing smiles on the children’s faces when they learn something new.

Carolyn Brodie

Lead Teacher

Dragonfly Classroom

Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. She has been teaching since 1992 in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade. Several years ago, God changed her path slightly and brought her to Celebration Preschool. Carolyn and her husband Royce, have four beautiful children which have been God’s greatest gifts! In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, walking her dog, Kenobi, and most of all, game nights with her family. Teaching the Dragonfly class has been amazing, and the children are such a blessing! Giving them the foundation and confidence to be ready for kindergarten is so important, but also teaching them that God created each and everyone of them beautiful and unique!

David Krzywicki

Assistant Teacher

Dragonfly Classroom

David is the Assistant Teacher in the Dragonfly Class.  David's early childhood experience includes being a nanny, a teacher's aide at Christian Fellowship Church and a short and long term sub at Celebration Preschool.  David has attended many early childhood workshops which has allowed him to develop and expand his skills and knowledge.  In his free time David likes to pet sit, enjoys gaming, and hanging out with his friends.  David believes that children are the future and should be taught kindness and responsibility for themselves and the world around them.  He loves watching children grow in both academics and individual maturity.

Amy Smith

Lead Teacher

Firefly Classroom

Amy is the Lead Teacher in the Firefly Class. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. This is Amy's twelfth year teaching at Celebration. Amy and her husband Ron have been blessed with two children - Sarah, and Matthew, both of whom attended Celebration Preschool. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, reading, and cooking. Amy loves teaching young children about Jesus. She loves that each new day brings excitement, curiosity, and many opportunities for learning. She prays that the time spent with her students encourages them to be enthusiastic and life-long learners.

Pattie Krzywicki

Assistant Teacher

Firefly Classroom

From 2001 to 2004 Pattie served on the Celebration Preschool Board and then became an Assistant Teacher. She has taught in the Caterpillar Class, Butterfly Class, Bumblebee Class, and the Dragonfly Class. This year she looks forward to teaching with Miss Amy in the Firefly Class. She is the proud mother of 3 sons, Jonathan, David, and Luke. When not at work, she leads a ladies Bible study, likes to read, do puzzles, and cook. Being able to teach young children their ABC’s and that Jesus loves them is one of her passions.